Read more › News - 11th February 2020

It’s inspiring, it’s motivating and it’s a gift.

Marlena has battled with her weight her entire life. Having never identified as a runner, it took her six years between signing up and finding the courage to go to her first parkrun. Now she has a message for all the other women out there thinking about their first parkrun.   I have always felt…

Read more › News - 6th February 2020

A round of applause just for turning up

Helen Talkowski had never been a runner. After accidentally stumbling on a parkrun in her local park, she saw how fun and friendly it was and decided to give it a go.   In 2017 I told one of my sisters that I was planning to do a couch to 10k course and she told…

Read more › News - 5th February 2020

Help us celebrate female participation for #IWDparkrun

parkruns all over the world are joining in a celebration of female participation by hosting a special event on Saturday 7 March 2020, ahead of International Women’s Day the following day.    We would love you to join in the celebrations by bringing along a female friend, colleague or family member and walking, jogging, running…

Read more › News - 5th February 2020

Nobody is bothered what you look like

Mental Health Nurse Jane Ryan registered for parkrun and then spent 18 months plucking up the courage to go.    Now a regular at Woodhouse Moor parkrun in Leeds, she has a message for all the other women out there thinking about their first parkrun.   I registered myself for parkrun but then didn’t have…

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Read more › News - 4th February 2020

Mum inspired me to run, now I’m running for her

Vicki Fleming first got into running after being inspired by her mum’s passion for the sport. Now she’s taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon in honour of her mum who has a rare form of dementia.   Vicki’s mum Jo was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2012 aged 58 after having problems with…

Read more › News - 3rd February 2020

parkrun profile: Holy Cross College

The town of Strabane in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland has been home to parkrun since June 2019.   Keelin Begley from Holy Cross College parkrun tells us more…     When living in Belfast, I’d walk my dogs in Ormeau Park on a Saturday morning and see a sea of runners and walkers gather together. I asked…

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Read more › News - 31st January 2020

Five Reasons to Stay Hydrated

A new year brings fresh optimism and new goals for being our best selves, whether that includes taking up a new hobby, travelling, exercise or even just drinking water.   Our friends at Aqua Optima know the importance of maintaining a healthy level of hydration to help achieves these goals. Making sure you keep your…

Read more › News - 29th January 2020

Delivering the ‘Dementia Moonshot’

Finding a cure for dementia has often been likened to putting a man on the moon. As with NASA’s Apollo program in the 1960s, dementia research has an achievable goal, but we need a huge, combined effort to get there.   As part of their election manifesto, the Conservative party pledged to launch a ‘Dementia…

Read more › News - 28th January 2020

You won’t regret it

Harriet Glen had just moved to a new area and was looking for a way to make friends and keep fit. She found her local parkrun and never looked back.   I first heard about parkrun from a friend when I moved to London eight years ago. I’ve always liked staying active but I really…

Read more › News - 28th January 2020

Nothing to be embarrassed about

Curtis Ledger wants everyone to know that weight is not a barrier to participating at parkrun. After tail walking with his daughter at Bodington junior parkrun, a chance set of circumstances started him on his journey to taking part in 5k events.   Having just completed his 50th parkrun at Woodhouse Moor in Leeds, he tells…

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